Board of Directors
The Willamalane Board of Directors is comprised of five volunteer members elected by Springfield registered voters. Each board member serves a four-year, “at large” (serves an entire area rather than a specific area) term of office.
To contact the Board, please send an email to email@example.com. Please note, emails sent to elected officials are considered public record.
Public Board Meetings & Work Sessions
Public board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in August) and work sessions are held the fourth Wednesday of every odd numbered month, or as needed. All meetings and work sessions begin at 6:00pm in the Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation at 250 S. 32nd Street, Springfield, unless otherwise noted below. All meetings and work sessions are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. A sign language interpreter can be provided with 48 hours' notice prior to the meeting date. Please call (541) 736-4002 to make arrangements.
Budget Committee Meeting - May 27, 2020 5:30pm
Willamalane will offer the following two options to join the public Budget Committee:
View the FY21 Proposed Budget
Option 1: Teleconference - Join the meeting via cell or telephone
1. Call (541) 736-4490
2. When prompted, enter the conference ID: 85238, followed by #
*If you are interested in participating in the public comment section of the meeting , please contact Jo Schutte (541-736-4002 or firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to the meeting and you will be put into the public comment queue. When public comment begins, staff will call your name in the order it was received and you will be given 3 minutes to comment.
Option 2: On-site Meeting - Ken Long Room at the Bob Keefer Center - 250 S. 32nd Street, Springfield
Please Note: Willamalane will follow all social distancing guidelines recommended by Oregon Health Authority.
If you have any questions, please contact Jo Schutte at email@example.com or (541) 736-4002 .
Click here to view board meeting and teleconference login information
Meet the Board of Directors
President Greg James was appointed to the board in 2003. Greg was born in Springfield and prides himself on being a multi-generational Springfield citizen. Greg attended Springfield High School, Lane Community College, Portland Community College, and Linfield College and holds his Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) professional certification. Besides serving as the longest-standing member of the Willamalane Board, Greg serves/has served on many local boards and committees including; Lane Council of Governments Board of Directors; Lane Council of Governments Executive Committee; Springfield Planning Commission 2010-2018; Springfield Development Code Update Project Technical Advisory Committee; Springfield Development Advisory Committee; Springfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee; Springfield Tomorrow Committee Chairperson 2005. He enjoys playing guitar and taking bicycle rides and hikes along the wonderful Willamalane paths/trails with his wife Brenda, two grown children and their spouses, and three young grandchildren.
Vice President Denise Bean joined the board in 2011. Denise first came to Springfield in 1969 where as a child she enjoyed many of the Willamalane programs including 4th grade swim lessons. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and opened her business, Bean Counter Tax Services in Springfield in 1990. In 2014 Denise was awarded “Business Person of the Year” at the Springfield Chamber Awards Banquet. Denise has served Springfield as a Planning Commissioner, Board Member of the Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation, the Main Street Design Committee, the Willamalane Budget Committee, Springfield Rotary, Past President of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Greeters, as well as a past treasurer of Thurston Elementry PTA, and past Board Member of Oregon Society of Enrolled Agents (IRS). In 2010 Denise worked with a group of outstanding citizens to start Springfield City Club because she believes informed, involved citizens creates a healthy vibrant community. Denise enjoys spending time with husband Michael and grown children Jacob and Olivia. In addition to Willamalane her passions are leading hikes with our local Obsidian Hiking Club, playing her piano and traveling the world.
Director Lee Beyer was elected to the board in 2005. He moved to Springfield from Nebraska when he was 16 years old. He graduated from Springfield High School and the University of Oregon with a BS in Managment. Lee has served as a Springfield City Councilor and currently serves as Springfield's state senator. He enjoys walking, biking, reading and watching movies. Lee and his wife, Terry, have three adult children.
Director Chris Wig was elected to the Willamalane Board in 2019. He works at Emergence Addiction and Behavioral Therapies, where he serves as the Director of the Focus Treatment Court program and is licensed as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II) and Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA). He received his undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Toronto and his master’s degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Chris and his fiance Celine love living in Springfield, and on the weekends you can find them enjoying coffee at the Washburne Cafe or walking Willamalane's 29 miles of paths and trails.
Director Renee Jones was elected to the board in 2019. She grew up in Eugene and received degrees from North Eugene High School and Lane Community College. She has served on the Willamalane Park Foundation, the Willamalane Budget Committee, the LCC English as a Second Language Advisory Board, the SMART Reading Advisory Board, and the BRING Home and Garden Tour planning committee. Renee and her husband Scott have four adult children and two dogs and enjoy spending time in the beautiful outdoors.